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Biotechnology, Microbiology and Immunology

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off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Examine living organisms of the smallest scale. Discover the life-encoded mysteries of DNA. Explore the genetic possibilities of insect and virus resistant plants. Develop antibiotics and vaccines for the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.

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What is Biotechnology, Microbiology and Immunology?

The Biotechnology, Microbiology & Immunology program has an emphasis on ethics, public policy considerations, and commercial issues. Programs can be designed with an emphasis on microbial physiology and pathogenesis, microbial genetics (bacterial, bacteriophage and yeast), virology, tumour biology, immunology and immunopathogenesis. 

Microbiology and Immunology are exciting disciplines at the heart of many advances in modern medicine. Microbiology is the foundation for the utilization of microorganisms in biotechnology and also offers tools and perspectives to address ecological issues.

Biotechnology, Microbiology and Immunology: Is it for you?

  • The Microbiology & Immunology Department at the University of Saskatchewan is renowned for its expertise and extensive research opportunities.
  • The Department maintains close ties with the Clinical Microbiology Unit and the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Royal University Hospital, affording students invaluable hands-on clinical experience in the course of their studies.
  • Relatively small class sizes promote close interaction between students and faculty, enhancing the quality of the student's learning experience.

Sample Classes

  • BIOL 224: Animal Body Systems
    Will study the problems all animals overcome in order to survive and reproduce, and the different body systems that must deal with both unique and common environmental challenges.
  • ACB 331: Methods in Cell and Developmental Biology
    This course will provide laboratory experience in cell and developmental biology. Instruction on, and use of, techniques such as cell culture, expression of proteins in cells, basic cytology, and immunofluorescence will be some of the areas covered.
  • MCIM 425: Molecular Basis of Microbial Pathogenesis
    Explores ways in which microbial pathogens interact with their hosts from a molecular and genetics perspective. Topics include: general pathogenic mechanisms of bacteria, bacterial virulence factors and their genetic regulation; molecular genetic approaches to studying pathogenesis; and various model systems which have been used to understand pathogenic mechanisms.

Career Opportunities

  • Forensic Laboratory Technician
  • Technical Salesperson
  • Biological Researcher
  • Hunger Policy Analyst
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Food Technologist
  • Water Quality Inspector
  • Research Assistant
  • Quality Control Technologist
  • Pest Control Consultant
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Medical Technologist
  • Immunologist
  • Pathologist

Skill Sets Gained

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Computer skills
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Interpreting research findings
  • Laboratory skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research skills and methods
  • Technical skills

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